Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula is using his Twitter sleuthing skills for practical purposes on Sunday, after footage of a shocking roadside assault set tongues wagging on social media. The driver of a Bentley was on the end of a ferocious slap from a man purporting to be a police officer – but Mbaks has his doubts.
‘That is a thug, not an officer’ – video of cop assaulting Bentley driver in SA goes viral
In the 20-second clip – initially shared by BBC journalist Nomsa Maseko – we see the motorist pulled up on a main road. The aggressive tone set by the so-called ‘officer’ gives us a taste of what’s to come. After a brief argument, the assault commences, leaving the Bentley driver dazed and confused.
The ‘thug’, as Mbalula has described him, then tells the civilians to drive away quickly. The advice is heeded, and the bemused occupants of the luxury vehicle are left to wonder what the hell just happened. The clip has been viewed thousands of times, and the incident has already become a top trending topic on Twitter.
Watch: Bentley driver gets slapped by ‘fake cop’
Abuse of authority! pic.twitter.com/nQmOfnavI2
— Nomsa Maseko (@nomsa_maseko) May 30, 2021
This looks like a job for Fikile Mbalula
And that’s where our Transport Minister comes in. The hullabaloo online piqued his interest this morning, and Mbalula came equipped with his virtual microscope and notepad. He asked Maseko for more information on the incident, promising to lead an investigation into the circumstances behind this bizarre exchange.
It’s reassuring to know that Mzansi has sent out it’s best man for the job. Well, pretty much…
“Send me the details in the DMs, I need to know the name of the driver. We will investigate but he is not a cop in the video he is a thug.”
Fikile Mbalula vows to investigate viral Twitter video, uploaded on Sunday 30 May